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Musser Model M300K Marimba

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About the Model M300K

The M300K is a 4.3 octave marimba with a square tube steel frame that rolls over any terrain on 8” locking hard rubber casters.  Standard features includes durable Kelon bars, a front-mounted square tube accessory rack with 2 accessory clamps, cast diagonal braces and easy height adjustment from 34” to 44” assisted by gas struts.  The frame and resonators are powder coated for durability.   Rosewood bars are available at additional cost. 

The M300K Performer Marimba carries the American made Musser sound to any performance venue with this all-weather, versatile instrument.

  • Accessory Bar with Two Clamps Included. Clamps Can Be Mounted to Cart Sides, Cross-Bar or Accessory Rail.
  • Legendary Musser Tuning & Balance. 4.3 Oct. Graduated Kelon (Synthetic) Bars and Tuned In-Line Resonators.
  • Gas Strut Assisted Height Adjustment from 34" to 44".
  • Square tube steel frame with cast diagonal braces. Scratch Resistant Black Textured Powder Coated Steel Frame and Scratch Resistant Powder Coated Aluminum Resonators.
  • Smooth, Silent, Easy Rolling 8" Solid Rubber Lockable Wheels.
  • E4134FUL Rosewood bars available separately to fit M300K frame.
  • E97725 Accessory Clamps are Rotatable to 90 Degrees for Fexible Positioning and
    Can Accommodate ½" to 1 ¼" Round Tube Accessories Mounted Anywhere on Frame.

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Clair Omar Musser was a gifted marimba performer, conductor, composer, and marimba designer.  He was even trained as an aircraft engineer.  In 1930, he became the chief engineer and designer for the JC Deagan Mallet Instrument Company and in 1948, left to start the Musser Mallet Company in the Chicago area.

Musser created the modern Vibraphone design and expanded the line into marimbas, xylophones, chimes, and orchestra bells.  It would grow to become the most dominant mallet instrument company in the world.

In 1956, Musser sold his business to Lyons Band in Chicago.  A few years later it was sold to Dick Richardson who grew the company further by creating a partnership with the Ludwig Drum Company to distribute products through the same sales team.  During this era, jazz vibe legend Lionel Hampton became a major influence for the Musser Company.

In 1965, Ludwig acquired Musser creating a “Total Percussion” company with mallet instruments and drums.  Artists like Gary Burton arrived on scene and elevated the Musser brand to new heights. 

With a potential shortage of rosewood used to make bars for xylophones and marimbas in the 70’s, Musser would be the first to develop a synthetic bar material made from Kelon ®, a special blend of fiberglass strands.  This innovation allowed instruments to be used in outside weather elements in drum corps and marching bands. 

In 1981, Ludwig Musser was sold to the Selmer Company.  Production of Musser mallet instruments continued to be made in LaGrange, Illinois outside of Chicago until 2013 when production was moved to Elkhart, Indiana.  Musser today is known as the choice for “sound” by professionals.

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